I spent the last 3.5 days unplugged from regular life, from phone (no cell service), computer (didn't bring or borrow one), from day to day responsibilities except cooking and cleaning up after (and laundry, since our washer broke, we brought some). We packed up and headed to my family home and gathered together with family (only brother Steve was absent, but we'll see him soon) and some dear friends, ate, drank, and were thankful.
In the midst of a 3 day house party, I had some time to reflect on how very full this year has been. So much goodness, so much intensity, so very MUCH has filled this last year. In review:
- We have a new family member, Luciana, who was conceived, carried, and born all since last Thanksgiving
- My mama was diagnosed with, treated for, and is now just about in remission from breast cancer...just a bit more to go there, but all is looking so very good.
- Patrick's fledgling new business celebrated one year in operation in October, and it was a very respectable first year.
- We broke ground on a new garden and had just a few, but some amazing crops. Next year we'll be planting so much more.
There is always more that could be wanted, but really, in counting my blessings, my cup runneth over. We have stood beside loved ones and grieved with them their struggles and losses, some running so deeply, and can count ourselves lucky that this year we gained so much and lost so little. Not all years are like that, but for this one, I am truly grateful. Grateful to hold my loved ones close and grateful that I'm wise enough to be grateful for this.
I realize too, how lucky I am that going home to my parents is a peaceful, joyous thing. That it is sweet, and restful for me. I know not everyone is this fortunate.
Wishing you all a holiday season in which your cups too, runneth over.